Bill Watkins is the Superintendent of Marcola School District and Principal of Marcola Middle/Senior High School. Bill is a graduate of Southern Oregon University (Bachelors) and California State Hayward (Masters). He has 37 years of experience as a teacher, coach and administrator. Prior to moving to the Marcola School District, Bill was a high school Principal and Director of Instruction in Alaska for 14 years. Bill joined Marcola School District in 2014 and is a valued member of our staff and community.
Phil began his career as a teacher in an Alutiiq Village on the Southeast end of Kodiak, Alaska. Phil’s innovative nature soon led him to administration where his interest in technology, and its potential to impact the teaching and learning process, drove him to explore, then develop virtual systems that afforded rural students the opportunity to engage in authentic and rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) directed programming.
Phil’s background has prepared him to serve students and families from a variety of perspectives. He has served as a teacher, principal-teacher, career advisor, director of eight rural schools, director of three U.S. Department of Education Alaska Native Education Program (ANEP) virtual content delivery grants, Director of AKTEACH (statewide STEM and online content academy), and now Director of TEACH-NW, an online and site-based STEM and CTE academy.
Phil holds a BA in Secondary Education and a Masters in Leadership and Supervision, and is member ASTE, ISTE, DevLearn, ASCD, and NASSP.
Anthony White received his Bachelor of Art in Spanish Language and Literature from Southern Oregon University in 2007. He completed his Master of Arts in Teaching from SOU, graduating in 2011. Anthony worked at Ashland High School for a year as a Digital Media teacher. In 2012, Anthony relocated to Kodiak, Alaska, working as an Educational Technologist for the Kodiak Island Borough School District (KIBSD). While in this position, Anthony helped to further advance the district’s online distance learning program, facilitate learning intensives, and support the learning achievements of youth in rural areas of Kodiak. In 2014, KIBSD was awarded a competitive state grant enabling the creation of the AKTEACH program, a statewide virtual learning, and homeschool program. Within this program, Anthony worked as the distance learning coordinator, helping to provide distance learning opportunities for students around the state of Alaska. In 2016, Anthony relocated to Mooresville, North Carolina, where he delivered a middle school STEM program and helped develop a competitive robotics program. Anthony has since returned to Oregon where his is currently teaching Digital Media, MS Computer Applications, and is supporting the development of a virtual learning program that services students in the Marcola School District and beyond who seek an alternative learning program.
Erin has nearly a decade of teaching experience in the classroom, having taught all grades from Kindergarten through 8th grade. She earned her Master’s degree in 2007 from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and her career has taken her to Alaska, Oregon, North Carolina and the United Arab Emirates. She has worked in a variety of settings including: a rural two-room schoolhouse in Oregon where she taught students in grades 4-8, creating much of the curriculum from scratch; a native village in Alaska where she taught inquiry-based, hands-on science to kids in grades K-6; an international K-12 school overseas teaching 3rd graders from over 10 different countries (in just one classroom!); and Kodiak, AK, where she met her husband Anthony.
Hello! My name is Amanda Spurlock. I’m looking forward to working at TNW as an educational facilitator. My passion is to work with families on creating an engaging and individualized learning plan that inspires the love of learning. I am thrilled to be partnering with a school that has the same mission, vision, and values.
In 2011 I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Eastern Oregon University with a double bachelors in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects. I have taught a variety of classes thru various local co-ops and have home schooled my own children using multiple learning styles and curriculum.
When I’m not teaching I take pleasure in spending time with my husband and our four children. We enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, and hanging out with our family and friends. I also enjoy museums, photography, and kayaking.
“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
Becky has been teaching since 2010 in a variety of K-5 classrooms. She earned her Master’s degree at UCSD while her husband was deployed in Iraq. When he finished his service in the Marine Corps they moved home to Oregon where they are both from. She got a job teaching 1st grade at Marcola Elementary School in 2013 and has since taught Title 1 classes for the last 4 years. She is looking forward to supporting homeschool families through TEACH-NW as they spark a love for learning in their own unique and creative ways.
Becky enjoys spending time with her two young boys and her husband. Some favorite activities are bike riding, camping, hiking and time at the park. If she can find time reading a good book is a favorite activity as well.
Judy has over 25 years of elementary teaching experience in public school, homeschool and private school settings. After a recent move to the Eugene/Springfield area, and leaving 21 years of teaching in Salem, OR, she has returned to working in a homeschool setting. Judy has a BS in Elementary Education and a BS in Early Childhood Education from East Stroudsburg University in PA. Additionally, she has her MS in Special Education from Western Oregon University. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work in both general education and special education and really appreciates when she can directly support individual learners. Judy likes reading, is partial to the beauty of the outdoors, and finds joy in spending time with her young grandchildren.